Today I ran in remembrance of Michael Anthony Ayala of El Centro, CA. Ayala apparently was not a pleasant man in the day before his execution, having escaped officers after being confronted over striking a woman twice in a parking lot motel and brandishing a gun while escaping. The next day, five cops from three different agencies confronted Ayala and immediately opened fire on him, executing him and injuring a nearby cab driver.
I also ran in remembrance of Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui of Spanish Fork, UT. Garcia-Juaregui was also apparently not a pleasant man, having allegedly stabbed a friend multiple times after a night of drinking, possibly in self defense per some reports. However, he was also denied his Constitutional right to at least a grand jury trial for his potential capital offense when he was executed instead of arrested.
And I ran in remembrance of Michael Paul Napier of Vista, CA. Napier was a potentially recovering drug addict who was working in his garage when cops barged in to arrest him. Instead of arresting him, they executed him claiming he was reaching for a gun, even though no gun was found and the only weapon at all was a small folding knife embedded in the wall near him – but not in his waistband, where he was allegedly reaching when cops murdered him.
From http://www.crimevoice.com/parolee-at-large-avoids-additional-jail-time-with-shootout/, regarding Michael Anthony Ayala:
The El Centro Police Department announced on Tuesday that the suspect killed at the scene of a law enforcement shootout was a parolee with a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
An El Centro Police Department press release revealed that Mark Anthony Ayala, 36, of El Centro had been involved in a prior altercation the night before his death. On the night of January 29, a citizen reported a man striking a woman twice in the parking lot of a motel at 670 Adams Ave. Officers were dispatched to the scene to investigate the battery in progress.
Upon arriving, officers witness the man in question fleeing the scene on a bicycle. When policed pursued the suspect, he reportedly brandished a fire arm, threatening the officers. At this time the suspect escaped, but was identified as Ayala.
On January 30, Ayala, who was reported to be a parolee with a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest, again came in contact with the authorities. This time, a shootout ensued when the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force approached him in the 500 block of Woodward Avenue in El Centro. According to the press release, a total of five law enforcement officers from the U.S. Border patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Imperial County District Attorney’s Office were involved in the shootout with multiple officers firing their weapons.
According to Imperial County Deputy Coroner Eric Frazier, Ayala died of multiple gunshot wounds at the scene. A cab driver was treated at the scene for injuries not related to the shooting and no officers were injured. At this time, the El Centro Police Department is taking the lead investigating the incident and collaborating with state and federal agencies.
The Police Department continues to encourage the community to contact the Investigations Division at 760-337-4525 with any information related to Thursday’s shooting incident.
From http://fox13now.com/2014/01/31/details-in-utah-co-shootings-released/, regarding Jose Angel Garcia-Juaregui:
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office provided more information about series of shootings that left one officer dead and another critically injured Thursday.
According to Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy, Sgt. Cory Wride saw a pickup truck parked on the side of SR-73 in the Eagle Mountain area.
The hazard lights on the pickup truck were flashing, so Wride made a U-turn and parked behind it.
Investigators determined Wride was in the process of looking up information on the suspect, who was identified as 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia Jauregui, and the vehicle he was in nearly 20 minutes before he was shot and killed.
A board of pardons had issued a warrant for Juaregui on Wednesday, making him a fugitive at the time of the shootings, but Wride had not been able to determine Jauregui was a fugitive before he was shot, Tracy said.
According to documents from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, Juaregui was paroled from prison December 4, 2012 after serving five years for attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with an incident that occurred in 2007.
The charges stemmed from an argument that began at a party and continued on the drive home from that party. Juaregui allegedly struck the victim and stabbed him repeatedly with a screwdriver, according to the document. “Excessive alcohol was involved,” and the suspect later claimed he was acting in self defense.
A dashboard camera mounted in Wride’s vehicle recorded video of the Eagle Mountain incident.
According to Tracy, the dashcam video shows the suspect opening a sliding window at the rear of the pickup, then shooting through the open window at Wride.
Wride died after sustaining two gunshot wounds.
Early indications that Wride was ambushed do not appear to be correct, Tracy said.
Investigators determined Wride did exit his vehicle and interact with Jauregui and another suspect, an unidentified minor female, at some point during the incident.
After the shooting, the suspect proceeded to the Santaquin area, where he was spotted by Dep. Greg Sherwood, who initiated a brief high-speed chase.
“When our deputy initiated the overhead lights […] to make a stop, the suspect vehicle began to speed away and that’s when our video shows that our deputy was clearly behind him,” Tracy said. “It did not last very long, just a matter of seconds.”
The suspect opened the sliding window again, Tracy said, and opened fire on Sherwood at the intersection of Main St. and Center St. in Santaquin.
Sherwood sustained a head injury and was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for surgery.
“As far as a medical condition update on Deputy Sherwood, he is still in critical condition with a head wound,” Tracy said. “His prognosis still seems to be very good. He was conscious. We were able to visit with him last night, family members and some of the deputies.”
The suspect then went south on I-15 and was involved in a crash with another vehicle in the Nephi area.
Tracy said the suspect encountered several people after the crash and opened fire before hijacking a vehicle.
“At this point, we don’t believe anybody was hit in that third location,” Tracy said in a press conference Thursday evening.
The suspect continued south on I-15 and encountered some sheriff’s deputies from Juab County and was involved in another crash.
“He was engaged by the deputies of Juab County and another firefight ensued and the suspect was critically wounded,” Tracy said.
Officials announced Friday the suspect had died due to his wounds.
From http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/feb/03/vista-deputies-fatal-shooting/, regarding Michael Paul Napier:
The father of an unarmed felon who was fatally shot Friday night by two sheriff’s deputies in Vista is demanding justice, saying deadly force did not have to be used during an attempt to arrest his son.
Michael Paul Napier, 33, was working on a bicycle in his parents’ garage at the Shadowridge Park apartment complex on South Melrose Drive when four deputies approached to arrest him for a drug-related warrant, sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said Monday.
Napier refused commands to show his hands and instead reached for his waistband, Giannantonio said. The two deputies, fearing for their lives, opened fire about 6:20 p.m., the lieutenant said.
Napier, who died at the scene, was a documented Vista gang member with a history of possessing firearms, Giannantonio said. Court records say his pseudonym was “Bullet.”
After the shooting, investigators learned Napier did not have a gun. A folding knife embedded in the garage wall next to where he was working was found and was within arm’s reach, Giannantonio said.
Napier’s father, Charlie Napier, said Monday that the deputies “have a lot of things on that utility belt that they should be utilizing before deadly force.”
He said authorities suggesting his son would have used the knife in the wall against the deputies was a stretch.
“Come on, you don’t take a knife to a gunfight, especially a small one,” he said. “They’re grasping. It just underlines the fact that he was unwarrantedly killed.”
Giannantonio said that in addition to the arrest warrant, Michael Napier also was a suspect in two recent burglaries in Vista.
He said a search of the garage turned up items from a residential burglary on Jan. 25 and a vehicle burglary on Jan. 28 or Jan. 29. The two burglaries occurred on Oak Creek Lane, a street behind the garage where deputies found Napier.
The deputies involved in the shooting are Brandon Boisseranc, a six-year department veteran, and Nicholas Danza, a seven-year department veteran.
Both are members of Vista’s Gang Enforcement Team, Giannantonio said, and were placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure following deputy-involved shootings.
The day after Napier was killed, his father told U-T San Diego that his son was bipolar and could not afford the medicine to treat his condition. He also said his son had completed three rehabilitation programs but continued to struggle with drug addiction.
Court records show Napier was convicted in 2007 for having a concealed firearm in a vehicle and in 2010 for second-degree burglary.
His most recent felony case was filed in August, when he was charged with possessing a controlled substance and resisting arrest, according to court records.
Napier had a history of missing court dates. He most recently failed to appear for a hearing in Vista Superior Court on Jan. 30 in a methamphetamine possession case, prompting the judge to issue the warrant for his arrest.